AT&T to throttle unlimited data users starting October 1

By Matthew
Jul 29, 2011
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  1. What began as a rumor yesterday has been officially confirmed: AT&T will begin throttling mobile broadband speeds later this year. In an announcement today, the carrier said it is taking…

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  2. This was inevitable. I did some consulting at AT&T and it was a real struggle to get devices and systems in place fast enough to keep up with the demand.
  3. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 186

    lol probably people illegaly downloading 1080p movies and cracking video games
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 800   +8

    ...........you must be confused. This is for the mobile network, not the cable/dsl network.
  5. NeoFryBoy

    NeoFryBoy Newcomer, in training Posts: 72

    "some online gaming are examples of applications that can use data quickly,"

    Not true at all.
  6. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 193   +24

    So basically 95% of people have to pay the price for what 5% of their subscribers are doing? Guess they really want to keep all their subscribers, even the "naughty" 5%.
  7. Smacks of the old grade-school thing where the entire class suffered for the misdeeds of a few. I got in on a unlimited data plan early on and have no intention of giving it up.
  8. It's a lie...just another money grab...If it wasn't really about the $$ they wouldn't have such low caps. 2GB? Come on... Watch a few videos and stream tunes and you will go over that fairly quickly...How about 10GB then Throttle... That's a little more realistic while still stopping the heavy users. NEVER NEVER Believe anything is for your benefit..Yeah it use to be in the olden days...It's now all about the $$. None of them care any more...Give you less for the $$ seems to be the new directive of companies now a days. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
  9. It has, and will always be, about the money. AT&T isn't in business to see what good they can do in the world, they're in business to make money.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,420

    Internet traffic is no different than consumables you buy at a Super Market. You should pay for what you consume.
  11. I agree with clifford. Those who pay for unlimited should get unlimited, not have their speed throttled as a punishment.
     
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,226   +118

    "Smacks of the old grade-school thing where the entire class suffered for the misdeeds of a few. I got in on a unlimited data plan early on and have no intention of giving it up. "


    You actually paid for unlimited data without any intention of ever using it??
  13. "AT&T explained that the change will only affect 5% of unlimited subscribers who consume "extraordinary" levels of data. Such users account for much of the company's traffic, using 12 times more data than the average of all other smartphone customers. AT&T didn't say how much data the its heaviest users consume, but if it's any consolation, the company said you could receive thousands of emails, visit thousands of sites and stream hours of video each month without making the top 5%."

    For now, then it'll be the largest 10%, then the largest 25%, then the largest 50% then everybody with unlimited. ATT doesn't care about anybody speed, only the almighty dollar.
  14. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TechSpot Guru Posts: 802   +87

    "Congestion" is a fat lie. This is about making money.


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